NCUI – CICTAB International Programme on “Training Techniques for Trainers of Cooperative and Rural Financing Institutions” jointly organized by NCUI & CICTAB, Pune from 29th January – 2nd February 2019 at New Delhi

NCUI - CICTAB International Programme on “Training Techniques for Trainers of Cooperative and Rural Financing Institutions” jointly organized by NCUI & CICTAB, Pune from 29th January – 2nd February 2019 at New Delhi

An International Programme on “Training Techniques for Trainers of Cooperative and Rural Financing Institutions”  jointly organized by National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) & the Centre for International Cooperation & Training in Agricultural Banking (CICTAB) Pune from 29th January – 2nd February 2019 at New Delhi. The 28 participants consisting of Trainers / Potential Trainers / HR Executives of National level Training Institutions of Cooperative & Rural Financing Institutions of CICTAB members & others in the countries of SAARC Region viz. from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the training programme. They were the officers / trainers from Bangladesh Samabaya Bank Limited (BSBL), Bhutan Development Bank Ltd. (BDBL), representatives of National Cooperative Bank Ltd. (NCBL) and its affiliates, Officials of different member societies of Consumer Cooperative Societies Federation [COOPFED], Sri Lanka and Trainers / Senior Officials from National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) and Central University of Haryana, Mahendragarh.

During the five days training programme, the participants were acquainted with various aspects of Training – its systematic approach, need, different techniques & methods, evaluation, etc. by experts. The resource persons also discussed the important aspects of rural financing, micro-finance for income generation, role of SHGs for rural empowerment as well as concept & strategies of HRD for sustainable rural / economic development and Digitalization in Cooperative & Rural Financing Institutions.

The 5 days training programme was inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Balu G. Iyer, Regional Director, ICA – Asia Pacific, Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO, Mr. D.S. K. Pathirana, CEO / GM, COOPPFED, Sri Lanka, Shri N. Satyanarayana, Chief Executive, NCUI, Dr. Kala Nand Sinha, Executive Director (International Relations)  and other senior officials of NCUI.

In his welcome address Shri N Satyanarayana said that around 70 percent of Indian population depends upon agriculture and a large number of them are caught up in poverty. There is a need to get farmers a fair deal and mentioned that “Where there is a cooperative, there is prosperity”. The objective of cooperatives is to identify & help the last man of society to overcome their poverty”, he said. The Chief Executive said there are around 8.3 lakh cooperative societies in India out of which 91 thousand societies are Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) playing an important role in providing credit to farmers.

Addressing the gathering ICA-AP Regional Director Balu Iyer said that training is very important for everyone that helps participants get basic knowledge on specific topics. The knowledge which you gather during the five day training program could be implemented in cooperative institutions. He also praised NCUI for organizing a special session on digitalization of rural financing institutions for the participants. He stressed that Technology adoption in cooperatives is very important for competing with other players of the market.  NCUI and CICTAB have given a platform to interact with each other under one roof and to build network with other participants residing in different countries. “Grab the opportunity and make the programme successful”, he said.

Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO stressed on rural transformation. We want good rural financial institutions in India to meet the demands of farmers of the country. “I hope that this program will empower you in every aspect”, he added.

NCUI President Dr. Chandra Pal Singh Yadav joined the inauguration ceremony and interacted with the participants. Ritesh Dey, Director, International Relations of NCUI coordinated the event, while Dr. K.N Sinha, Executive Director proposed the vote of thanks.

In order to assess the learning experience of participants from this ToT, a group exercise on “How to conduct a training programme & Role play on Training Techniques” were entrusted to the participants under the guidance of the Consultant, CICTAB on the last day of the programme. The 28 participants were divided into 5 groups to prepare a model training program and accordingly, the groups very actively engaged themselves and prepared implementable proposal of organizing trainers training programme in their respective organization / countries as per the following:

Team A (National Cooperative Bank, Nepal) : Training Programme on Understanding Co-operatives for Group of Managers of NCBL.

Team B (Bhutan Development Bank Ltd., Bhutan) : Role of Financing Self Help Groups.

Team C (COOPFED, Sri Lanka): Motivational training programme for the Employees of Cooperative sector organizations.

Team D (Bangladesh Samabaya Bank Ltd.):  Training programme about short term course of computer  literacy.

Team E (Central University of Haryana):  Formation of SHGs in Rural Areas

The outcome of the group work on Mock Training programme along with country paper presented by the participants before Dr. K.N. Sinha, Executive Director, NCUI, Dr. K.K. Tripathy, IES, Director, CICTAB and Dr. D. Ravi, Consultant, CICTAB.  The Consultant, CICTAB made certain suggestions on the proposals made by the participants for conduct of training programme in their respective organization.

One day field trip to Agra was arranged in such a manner that the participants could see the working of a District Cooperative Bank, Agra, Uttar Pradesh and also see the world famous Taj Mahal.

During the feedback session, the participants expressed satisfaction about the learning experience during the training and described the content of the programme as highly relevant and very effective. All of them were pleased about the logistics and role of facilitator for excellent coordination & conduct of the whole programme.

At the valedictory of the programme, Ritesh Dey, Director (IR) and Course Coordinator made a brief statement on the conduct of the programme which was followed by feedback of the selected participants.  The Director & Consultant,

CICTAB appreciated the efforts of NCUI in preparing the content of the programme and introduced the day to day feedback and take home sessions for active involvement of participants.  The participants were also requested to implement the training programme prepared by them during the group exercise after consulting with the organization head in their respective country. The training programme ended with award of participation certificates by Shri N. Satyanarayana, Chief Executive, NCUI in presence of Dr. K.K. Tripathy, Director CICTAB, Shri Ved Prakash Setia, Director, NCUI and Dr. D. Ravi, Consultant of CICTAB.


A report by Ritesh DEY, Programme Coordinator &

Director, National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI)

Group photograph taken during the inauguration of the Training Programme on 29th January 2019

Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh, Assistant Secretary General, AARDO addressing the participants at the inauguration.

Chief Executive, NCUI & Director, CICTAB in presence of officials of NCUI & CICTAB presenting the certificate to the participants

Participants from Bangladesh during the Group Exercise on Conduct of Training Programme.